Ekia is an organic, anti-aging French skincare range, which I’ve been testing over the last few weeks.
Apparently loved by Lady Gaga and Blake Lively, Ekia provides targeted products for different older skin types: Well Preserved; Weakened and Damaged, rather than just lumping us all together under the banner of ‘mature’, which is a refreshing approach.
The range’s active ingredient is Dragon’s Blood Sap, extracted from a tree found deep in the Amazon rainforest. The sap has regenerative properties and double the anti-oxidant power of green tea.
For three weeks I have been using four products, from different skin type categories, but which complement each other.
Lait Velouté, velvet cleansing milk for dry or sensitive skin (£19 for 200ml)
The cleanser comes in a generous 200ml bottle. It cleanses and soothes and is meant to remove all traces of makeup. The consistency is on the runny side and I needed seven or eight pumps to cover my face. This is too light to remove heavy makeup or mascara.
For makeup removal, I returned to my Arbonne FC5 Hydrating Cleanser & Freshener for my first cleanse, followed by a quick swipe of Arbonne’s Easy on the Eyes Makeup Remover. The Ekia cleanser is a light second stage cleanse and left my skin feeling soft and refreshed.
Gel Lift Paupières, eyelid lifting serum for sagging eyelids (£38 for 15ml)
I have one eyelid which is noticeably more saggy than the other, so I was really keen to try this product, which contains Red Sea Plant to lift the eyelids and Sea Holly Extract to firm the skin.
I’ve been tapping the gel around my eye socket and up to my eye brows for a couple of weeks. The gel is very cold and does give a tightening sensation, but I’ve yet to see any visible lifting. I think it would take more than gel to hoik up these babies.
On the plus side the gel is refreshing and does brighten the skin around my eyes. I’ve applied it over my makeup on those days when I need a bit of a pick me up.
Sérum Femeté, highly active firming serum for sagging skin (£56 for 30ml)
According to the blurb on the packaging, I need this serum because the contour of my face, as well as the bottom of my cheeks have started to sag and my skin is losing firmness and elasticity.
Pass me the Prozac!
The firming serum contains Polysaccharides and Acacia Gum to give an immediate lifting and smoothing effect, while Sea Holly Extract helps to strengthen and plump the skin.
One pump of the serum goes a long way. I found half a pump to be ample. The formulation is light, non-sticky and absorbs quickly, with barely any fragrance.
Crème Intense corrective face cream for weakened mature skin (£38 for 30ml)
This moisturizer can be used day and night. Along with the Dragon’s Blood Sap, the cream contains Beach Bud Extract, Rock Samphire Extract, Natural Hyaluronic Acid and a blend of natural oils.
Ekia describes weakened skin as showing significant sagging along the jaw line and cheeks; with a dull complexion and visible pigmentation spots; as well as wrinkles around the cheeks and lips.
Once I had recovered from reading the depressing label, I found the cream to be rich and warming, with a light fragrance of almond. I stopped using it in the morning because I found it made my face too hot and greasy underneath makeup, but it is a lovely, nourishing night cream.
What I liked:
The effect from the Dragon’s Blood Sap in all of Ekia’s products is instant. I could feel a tightening of the skin, particularly around the eyes. And that sensation lasts for hours.
The fragrance in all of the products is mild and natural.
Room for improvement:
As you will know if you’re a regular reader, I have a thing about packaging. I used to do the PR for a packaging designer, so I’m very aware of packaging aesthetics and how design can help or hinder the user’s experience.
The bottles are all satisfyingly sturdy and unfussy. I love the pump on the cleanser. There’s a little dimple on the top of the dispenser which is the perfect fit for a finger. I like the use of tubes and bottles rather than pots. The death of a skincare product comes from putting it in a pot: fingers contaminate active ingredients.
One gripe though: because the bottles are all opaque, I have no idea how much I have left. The level in the bottle can’t be seen even when held up to sunlight. This bugs me more than it should.
Ekia’s range contains no parabens, mineral oil, animal products or by-products, which are all things I avoid when choosing my skincare, but Ekia don’t seem to promote their ethical ingredients policy. I couldn’t find this information on their website.
The cleanser isn’t robust enough to remove makeup.
I will continue to use Ekia until the products run out, but will have to use my Arbonne cleanser and makeup remover alongside them. I have had no adverse reaction to the products, no reddening or spots, which means they must be full of the good stuff. My skin hates synthetic products and I have real issues with mineral oil.
I can’t claim to look younger or less saggy, but my skin is bright and clear and looks healthy after several weeks of use.
Ekia is available from selected Whole Foods Stores, Ekia Skincare and is coming soon to Holland and Barrett online.
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Much love, Vx[Disclosure: Not sponsored. My thanks to Ekia for sending me the range of products to test in return for my honest review.]